Mariner showing growth despite losses | Soccer

Senior Hedberg scores 3 goals against the Tigers, Grizzlies
By David Pan | Oct 18, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Svitlana Voloschuk (3), Karina Zuniga-Bedolla (13) and Saya Cano (17) track Kamiak’s Hunter Beirne (13) during a Wesco 4A game Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Kamiak High School.

A week after Mariner picked up its first Wesco 4A victory of the season over Cascade, the Marauders are continuing to play some of their best soccer of the season.

The Marauders battled to a 1-1 tie against non-conference opponent Granite Falls on Monday, Oct. 9, lost 7-0 to district rival Kamiak on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and then wrapped up the week with a 5-2 defeat to Glacier Peak on Thursday, Oct. 12.

Mariner lost 7-0 to the Grizzlies in their first meeting of the season in late September.

“I felt good about the results,” first-year coach Michelle Marklund said. “The kids are getting better as the season has gone on. They are playing more as a team.”

Senior midfielder Kendyl Hedberg had an exceptionally strong week, scoring all three goals for the Marauders.

“She definitely made a lot of things happen,” Marklund said.

Hedberg is one of the few seniors on a roster that includes many sophomores and freshmen.

Those younger players’ talent has Marklund feeling upbeat about the future.

“Probably the most exciting thing is they are growing as a team,” the Mariner coach said. “I’m optimistic about the next couple of years. It’s going to get better for Mariner soccer.”

Freshman goalkeeper Samantha Galindo is one of the standouts among the talented underclassmen along with freshman midfielder Jay Jimenez. Junior midfielder Olivia Satterlee is another player who’s had a strong season, Marklund said.

Mariner (1-9-0 in the league, 2-9-1 overall) hosts Lake Stevens (7-2-1, 9-2-1) at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19 at Goddard Stadium and then heads out on the road to take on Monroe at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24. The Marauders wrap up the regular season against Cascade (0-10-0, 0-11-1) at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26, at Goddard Stadium.

“Our focus is on playing as a team and continuing to work as a group defending and counter-attacking,” Marklund said.

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